When It Does Rain in Phoenix It Can Rain!

Severe thunderstorms bring needed rain but cause floodingRetention Basin with Ducks

It  is almost pointless to talk to someone in July when the temperature is 110 degrees about what happens in Phoenix when it rains. You want to point out how planned communities have drainage plans and retention basins, etc.   The situation in the summer  may be that no precipitation has been seen for months, so they wonder why you’re even bringing it up. Well, the last couple of day we’ve been drenched and now those plans and preparation are very much needed and appreciated.  Meteorologists are even saying that we may see as much rainfall in this 5 day period as we saw all of last year!  Yesterday there was even a tornado warning,  and many roads have been closed because of  flooding.  The picture above is not a lake water feature for a subdivision.  It may be for the time being, but actually it is a retention basin with grass in the community common area that accumualtes the runoff from storms such as the one we are having that has dumped over 3″ inches of rain in a 24 hour period in some parts of they valley.

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A Look At 2009 East Valley Residential Real Estate Home Sales

Chandler and Gilbert Average Prices for Sold Homes in  2008 & 2009.

Chandler Monthly Sale  $per sq.ftI heard a saying that accurately describes our current media.   It is credited to Mark Twain,  “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed.   If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed”. I guess the more things change the more they stay the same! This description also applies to those  5 second sound bites regarding real estate in Arizona.   I feel more comfortable when I can see the data and draw my own conclusions.  It is an oft used phrase but all real estate is local so what applies to the country does not necessarily apply to our corner of the state.   Here’s a local look at two desirable cities in the Phoenix area, Gilbert and Chandler.

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Big League Dreams in Gilbert

Big League Dreams past one year mark

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The Big League Dreams Park in Gilbert  has received plenty of exposure since opening in January of 2008.  Critics cite the $40 million cost, originally estimated at $26 million, and deteriorating field conditions since opening day. Town officials defend the public/private partnership as a way to attract outside revenue and an alternative to traditional subsidized recreational activities.   Add in the sometimes bumpy relationship with Big League Dreams that operates the park and there is no doubt the first year of operation has been more eventful than anyone expected. Continue reading “Big League Dreams in Gilbert”

SanTan Village – Regional Outdoor Shopping Mall in Gilbert

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Regional outdoor shopping mall in Gilbert

San Tan Village celebrated its newest addition yesterday with the grand opening of Macy’s.  San Tan Village located at Williams Field and the Santan 202 freeway is comprised of two sections; the shopping center and the urban village.  For a layout of both click on San Tan Village Shopping Center layout.   The list of stores is almost endless as seen in the Story Directory  The layout of the the urban village is nothing new, but the uncommon outdoor layout for the shopping center is a unique twist, especially for Phoenix when  outdoors in the summer is synonymous  with 110 degree days.  That misting system better work! Continue reading “SanTan Village – Regional Outdoor Shopping Mall in Gilbert”

Gilbert: A top place to raise children

Gilbert Arizona recognized as one of Arizona’s best places to raise children

In the November 10, 2008 issue Business Week recognized Gilbert as one of the top places in Arizona to raise children. Obviously, they have their rating system which produced Gilbert as their top pick and makes parents in other towns & cities cry foul.  Knowing the valley pretty well I reflected on the different qualities of each town and instead of questioning their choice, I tried to build a list in my mind of why I would support Gilbert a top choice, even if it was not number 1.

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